Managed to see more mushrooms near Lake Winnipeg than I have for a while. Shown above, I came across a nice family of Bolets. Fried up these are great with steaks. Without my in house medical and risk officer nearby, I demurred from eating any this weekend.
The others I came across appeared rather toxic, although lovely to look at. These fungi of course play an integral role with the ecosystem.
A wai communicates a customary greeting in Thailand. The palms of the hands are momentarily pressed together in a prayer-like gesture with fingers pointing upwards, usually close to the chest, and the head slightly bowed.
The quick movement provides a deeply ingrained meaning. You receive a wai wherever you go and whomever you meet.
The Wai is a greeting and a way of saying goodbye. The wai shows a sign of respect and used instead of the traditional Western handshake or a wave. A wai says thanks, understanding of a situation or person, and a way to apologize. Thais wai to temples, important monuments.
I have to acknowledge MacDonalds’ attempts to fit in with the local culture. But the juxaposition of the colors, solemn stance with the clown smile just don’t seem to fit together.
Perhaps sell your expensive place and move someplace cheaper but with a nicer climate. Costa Rica can be beautiful all times of the year. My wife and I, ok just me, would look at each new place we travelled to and ask ourselves what the winter might be like. After all these decades going through Canadian winters, we are looking for a bit of respite.
“German Beer Purity Law”
I loved the simplicity of regulations limiting the ingredients in beer in Germany. Bavaria adopted the law in 1516 which stated that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The law did not mention yeast as an ingredient, since its existence was not yet known.
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During our river cruise through Germany, we learned the Budweiser trademark dispute between two beer companies (from the Czech Republic and the United States). Both claiming trademark and geographic origin rights to the name “Budweiser”. This involved more than 100 court cases around the world. Budweiser Budvar uses the name Budweiser in most of Europe and Anheuser-Busch InBev has this right in North America. AB InBev uses “Bud” in most of Europe and Budvar sells North America under the name “Czechvar”.
Great beer! Great compromising!
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